Messiah is an English oratorio composed by George Frideric Handel, his most famous creation and is one the most popular works in Western choral literature. The libretto by Charles Jennens is entirely drawn from the King James and Great Bibles and interprets the Christian doctrine of the Messiah. Composed in London during the summer of 1741 and premiered in Dublin, Ireland on April 13, 1742. The Messiah sing-alongs are now very popular around Christmas. Sir Neville Marriner conducts the Academy and Chorus of St. Martin in the Fields with Sylvia McNair, Anne Sofie von Otter, Michael Chance, Jerry Hadley and Robert Lloyd as soloists. This wonderful live performance recording was made in Dublin as a commemoration of the 250th anniversary of the first performance.